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came out when police arrived. he said he stayed in the bathroom because he feared the homeowner had a gun. he is being mentally evaluated while we speak. thanks for watching. look at these beautiful pictures, ro, take a look. >> couric: tonight, libya's oil facilities under attack as the u.s. gets set to talk to nato allies about imposing a no-fly zone. i'm katie couric. also tonight, a difficult ash wednesday for some catholics. parishioners in the philadelphia area learn if their priest is suspected of sex abuse. the suspect in the tucson massacre comes face to face with some of the victims. and overnight, a mother of one becomes a mother to nine keeping her family together after tragedy strikes. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this
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is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. what, if anything, can the obama administration do about the situation in libya? as the white house continues to weigh its options, moammar qaddafi's forces keep pounding the opposition from the air and on the ground. 30 miles from tripoli, government troops retook most of zawiyah today after almost a week of bitter fighting. hospital officials report dozens of deaths on both sides. in the east, where the rebels control almost all the big cities there were new bombing raids by the libyan air force. the opposition fired back with anti-aircraft, guns. in addition to being held by the rebels, that part of libya is the backbone of the country's petroleum industry. many of the oil fields are there as well as five big terminals where tankers are loaded for export. there are also three refineries, a natural gas plant, and an important pipeline that runs up the coast.
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today, as mandy clark reports, oil production became a target. >> reporter: it was a spectacular attack on a target both sides have avoided so far-- libya's oil infrastructure. these columns of black smoke are rising from the oil terminal at sidr, which was right on today's front lines. the rebels say qaddafi's warplanes hit the facility as their anti-aircraft, guns tried to down the bombers. libyan government blamed anti- qaddafi forces in sticking to their usual rhetoric, al qaeda. further down the road, the rebels launched an attack to retake the town of bin jawad, and by the end of the day, claimed they had clawed back the territory they lost in recent days. but it was a costly victory. a steady stream of wounded
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reached the hospital. fadhil saleh abu bakr was injured monday in the fighting for bin jawad. "i was hit by shrapnel from a mortar round. they are targeting ambulances and civilians. it's not a war. they're destroying everything," he told us. most of the people who come to this hospital at least know where their loved ones are, but there are many more families who simply don't know the fate of the missing. this man turned on libyan state television last night and saw his cousins tied up and displayed as rebel prisoners captured in bin jawad. that one? he showed us the video and insisted neither man was a fighter. how does it make you feel when you look at this? >> "i feel angry. these are young people. how can they end up in a situation like this?" he told us. the world may be shocked at the spectacle of burning oil pipelines, but it's the cost in human lives that's on the minds
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of most libyans tonight. mandy clark, cbs news, agdibiya. >> couric: meanwhile, mark phillips has made it to the town of zawiyah, where qaddafi loyalists have fought bloody battles with the opposition. mark i know both sides were claiming victory today, but what did you see when you were out and about? >> reporter: the government has been claiming victory for at least two days here but it has been impossible to get here until now. to get here we had to travel on back roads. we passed at least seven checkpoints. saw at least three dug-in positions including tanks. this still looks like a town under siege. very much the feel of a fortified town, perhaps because the rebels have threatened to launch an assault of their own to come back in. >> couric: mark, how critical is controlling this town to the overall effort for either side? >> reporter: the rebels holdout here, which lasted the better
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part of the week, was a real embarrassment to moammar qaddafi and the regime because it's right on the doorstep tripoli. it's literally a 30 or 40-minute drive from the outskirts of the capital. to have rebels holding out here and holding out so firmly against repeated government assaults was very much a problem for qaddafi because everybody knew it was happening. and any sign of weakness, any >> couric: mark phillips chink in the armor of the regime and any sign of weakness, any chink in the armor of the regime here, would make them look vulnerable. >> couric: mark phillips reporting for us tonight from libya. mark, thank you. >> couric: also today, some shuttle diplomacy as a fleet of jets left tripoli, libyan diplomats flew to cairo, malta, lisbon and brussels, an effort by qaddafi to head off foreign military intervention. at the white house, military options were on the table today as president obama's top
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advisers discussed a range of possible operations, including one that would ground libya's air force by imposing a no-fly zone. but as david martin reports, every option comes with considerable risks. >> reporter: while the fighting continues, the u.s. is searching for options that would both force qaddafi to quit and that the rest of the world can agree on. >> we believe it's important that this not be an american or a nato or a european effort. it needs to be an international one, and there is still a lot of opposition. >> reporter: the most dramatic option under serious consideration is to establish a no-fly zone that would put an end to the bombing runs conducted by qaddafi's air force. defense secretary gates has warned that would require air strikes against libya, most likely cruise missiles fired from ships offshore. >> a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. to destroy the air defenses. >> this is not risk-free. as a matter of fact, it's very high risk. >> reporter: now retired, david deptula ran a no-fly zone over iraq with the force of 50 planes and 1,600 people.
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>> with that number of people and aircraft, we operated inside iraqi airspace about six hours a day, three to four times a week. >> reporter: that's him in the front seat of an f-15. iraqi aircraft rarely challenged the zone but there was still a danger to american pilots. >> there were many times that we would fly that we would get shot at with air defenses. >> reporter: no planes were ever lost, but 26 people died when two u.s. helicopters were mistakenly shot down by an american jet over the no-fly zone. because they fly close to the ground, helicopters are harder to identify on radar than jets, and helicopter are an important part of qaddafi's arsenal. >> i think probably the greatest threat are the helicopter-type forces. >> reporter: there are other ways to shackle qaddafi's forces. the u.n. has already imposed an arms embargo, and naval ships could be used to enforce it.
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but even an elite proof embargo takes time to work. any decision to intervene appears to be days away. as for the fighting it has entered what one u.s. official calls the stalemate phase. katie. >> couric: and, david, as we heard earlier the rebels appear to be losing ground in some cases to qaddafi's air force. is there anything they can do to turn things around themselves? >> reporter: well the rebels do have shoulder-fired surface-to- air missiles. they just need to figure out how to use them. if they can figure out how to do that then they can start shooting down qaddafi's planes on their own. >> couric: meanwhile, this was an emotional ash wednesday in the philadelphia area. at many catholic churches, parishioners got very upsetting news. elaine quijano went to one of them. >> reporter: as they left ash wednesday mass many parishioners in the st. isaac jogues in the philadelphia archdiocese was angry.
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they had just been told their pastor was placed on leave pending a sex abuse investigation. >> it's not right, and to think these holy men can do these outrageous things. >> reporter: father harris was one of 24 priests suspended nearly a month after a scathing report detailing allegations of child sex abuse by clergy and accuses top church officials like monsignor william lynn, of shielding abusive priests. lynn is the first senior u.s. church official ever to face criminal charges for allegedly covering up abuse. >> i think we need to pray for priests. it's very sad that an enemy comes into the church. >> reporter: the report recommended the church review 37 previously closed cases of priests suspected of abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. the archdiocese suspended three priests almost immediately and yesterday announced 21 more suspensions pending further review. today, the cardinal apologized. >> i personally renew my deep
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sorrow to the victims of sexual abuse in the community of the church who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime. >> reporter: some parishioners are willing to give the accused a chance. >> don't rush to judgment. you don't know what the charges are. don't rush to judgment. >> reporter: the clergy's suspensions raise even more questions-- mainly did these priests interact with children, and if so, were those interactions appropriate? katie. >> couric: elaine quijano in philadelphia, thank you, elaine. in illinois, prisoners will no longer face the death penalty. governor pat quinn signed a bill today abolishing it. 34 states still have the death penalty. it's been 12 years since the last execution in illinois. 15 inmates on death row will now serve life sentences with no chance of parole. in washington state, there's been an arrest in the attempted backpack bombing at a martin luther king day parade. the f.b.i. picked up kevin harp
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today. sources say he's been the member of a neo-nazi group. the bomb was discovered along the parade route and disarmed. harp is charged with trying to set off a weapon of mass destruction. in an arizona courtroom, jared loughner, the man accused of the massacre in tucson, pleaded not guilty to a series of new federal charges. john blackstone is in tucson tonight, and, john, this is the first time loughner has actually come face to face with some of the victims. >> reporter: that's right, katie. this arraignment was moved from phoenix to the federal courthouse here in tucson so that those most affected by the shooting could be present. and in appearance at least, it was a different jared loughner who walked into the courtroom. his head no longer shaved, the accused shooter now has a full head of short, dark hair with long sideburns, but entering court with chains at his ankles and wrists, he had the same grin that seemed so shocking in his first booking photo. two of those who were wounded
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were in the front row of the courtroom seeing loughner for the first time since the day they were shot. bill badger, who was one of those who pinned down the gunman, stared sternly at loughner. susan hillman, sitting in her wheelchair, gripped her husband's hand and at times seemed to fight tears when loughner first entered. at the time of the shooting she was with nine-year-old christina green, the youngest person killed. through his attorney, loughner pleaded not guilty to all 49 counts. ron barber is still recovering from a bullet wound in his leg. he decided not of not to go to court today. >> it's been an emotional roller coaster ride for me and i'm sure many others who were there that day. >> reporter: loughner spoke only once in court today and it was strange. when the clerk asked if his name was jared lee loughner, he answered in a surprised tone, "yes, it is." the judge ordered that loughner undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he's competent to stand trial. katie. >> couric: john blackstone, john, thanks very much. by the way, congresswoman giffords could be well enough to
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travel to florida to see her husband, astronaut mark kelly, lift off in the "endeavor" april 19. today "discovery" made a perfect landing. in 39 missions over 27 years "discovery" logged more than 148 million miles. next up, retirement: possibly at the smithsonian. and coming up on the cbs evening news, a controversial hearing-- are muslims being targeted unfairly? and later, she lost her sister but saved her family and tonight's american spirit.
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>> couric: some controversial hearings begin tomorrow on capitol hill. their focus is the radicalization of american muslims. but as nancy cordes reports, many are expressing their objections. >> we need to be treated as partners, not as suspects. >> reporter: a group of muslim leaders gathered today to condemn tomorrow's hearing and the man behind it. >> the proposed hearing essentially casts doubt on an entire community. >> reporter: but republican peter king of new york contends he's just being practical by restricting the focus of his radicalization hearing to one group-- american muslims. >> there is no threat coming from members of other religions, other than acting as individuals. >> reporter: king's contention-- that muslims have been slow to
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report radicalization in their midst has sparked protests in new york and a rebuttal from the attorney general. >> leaders of the muslim community and the muslim community itself have contributed significantly to the resolution of many of the things that we have resolved over the course of the last 12 to 18 months. >> reporter: violent islamist extremism is hardly a tabu topic on capitol hill. the senate has held more than a dozen hearings on the issue in the past five years, but the leaders of that committee never asserted, as king has, that most american mosques are run by violent extremists, leading to accusations that me is on a mccarthy-style witch-hunt. when you hear yourself be compared to joe mccarthy, does that make you recoil? >> no, and i see the people who are attacking me, i'm gratified. >> reporter: king says it will become clear that his intentions are good, but capitol police will have an increased presence at the hearing anyway because of the passions it has stirred. and we know there will be
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protests outside that hearing tomorrow. what we don't know right now, katie, is just how large those protests will be. >> couric: but as you mentioned, nancy, there will be additional security? >> reporter: that's right, capitol police say that they know that passions are running high on both sides of this debate. so they always have a presence at hearings, but they will be there in force tomorrow. >> couric: all right, nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you. when it came to american politics few knew as much as david broder. the "washington post" columnist died today of complications from diabetes. he was often called the dean of the washington press corps and won a pulitzer prize in 1973 for his coverage of watergate. known for his even-handed insight, broder's columns ran in 300 newspapers nationwide. he was also a frequent guest on the sunday morning news shows. david broder was 81. 81. ,,,,
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>> reporter: this is cynthia bower with lay breaking news out of madison, wisconsin where there's been a junior development. it appears republicans may be poised to pass a law that would curb that state's powerful public unions as soon as tomorrow. tonight after three long weeks of fiery protests and angry name calling, 19 republicans senators from the state being called ground zero for organized labor took matter into their own hands. they got around the need for a quorum on all financial legislation, which meant one of those 14 missing senate
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democrats would have had to come back, simply by taking the word "budget" out of the new governor's budget repair bill. his plan would require public workers in the state to pay more for pensions and health care, and take away most of their collective bargaining power. the governor has said all along that this is the only way to control the state's long-term budget crisis and to plug a $3.6 billion budget hole. now instead of surrendering the state's 14 democratic senators have fled to illinois to postpone the vote. but it appears republicans have now circumvented them and passed the adjusted measure 19-0, it goes back to the republican controlled assembly for debate and perhaps passage as soon as tomorrow. republicans say this is a victory for democracy. democrats say it is anything but, they are already crying foul and threatening legal action. katie couric will have more news coming up right after this. c9n
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you is zoo cro your credit card info n cbs 5 ouric: finally t any parent will tell you it's hard enough to raise one child, but imagine taking on the responsibility of suddenly caring for nine.
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as wyatt andrews tells us, for one mom it's all in the family in tonight's "american spirit." >> diamond has the kitchen. >> reporter: in the family chaos of a sunday afternoon, chores are being assigned to all nine taylor family children. there's pizza coming from the oven. >> that one's done. >> reporter: and there's a dance contest under way downstairs. it's part of the mayhem produced by a loving, close-knit family that is still together... >> you washed your face and brushed your teeth already? >> reporter: ...because that was chanda taylor's choice. >> the first thing i thought is what am i going to do with all of these kids? >> reporter: chanda's choice came just five months ago after her sister, tara, drowned. chanda and tara were best friends as adults, but when they were children, their parents had separated and the sisters grew up in different homes. >> so we were always here and
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there, everywhere, separated, separated, separated. >> reporter: so chanda, a single mom with one child, decided to take all eight of tara's children, from 17-year-old tiron, to three-year-old gina. she told foster care officials the children would not be split up, period. so when she died, you were saying, separation ends right now? >> yeah, that's it. no for more separation. no more separation. >> five months later, chanda is ra test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test law firm. you is but it's a gle that she's neve nd guessed. >> i wouldn't be able to live with myself if i didn't have them. >> i am amazed every time i think about it. >> reporter: one of the family's ministers says without chanda, tara's eight children would have gone to their different fathers or to different foster homes. >> i think it would have just caused so much more pain if they had been split up.
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it would have been terrible. >> reporter: the children, meanwhile, who still mourn the loss of their mother are, grateful that aunt chanda stepped up. >> if it wasn't for her, none of us would be together right now. >> reporter: is it hard? >> every morning is hard. every day is hard, every day. >> reporter: she explains missing her sister is hard. >> you want milk in your cream of wheat? >> reporter: managing nine children is hard. >> you say you want cinnamon? >> reporter: but the choice she made to embrace all this chaos... >> now, now! >> reporter: ...that wasn't hard at all. wyatt andrews, cbs news, lanham, maryland. >> couric: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'll see you again tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh captioned by media access group at wgbh
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